Harlem Middle School last week won $10,000 for its music program.
The school, along with Cedar Ridge Elementary and Lakeside High schools, took part in a nationwide online contest sponsored by the producers of the Glee television show and the National Association for Music Education called Glee Give A Note.
“We won,” an excited Harlem Middle School Principal Carla Shelton said Thursday. “We’re one of 60 schools to win $10,000.”
That amount was the second-place prize in the contest. Grand-prize-winning schools received $50,000, and first-place winners got $25,000.
Cedar Ridge Elementary and Lakeside High didn’t place in the contest.
No Georgia school won the grand prize. The only first place winner from Georgia was Liberty Middle School in Forsyth County. Including Harlem Middle, five Georgia schools won second-place prizes, including Richmond Academy.
Earlier this year, each school created a two-minute video and submitted it to the contest organizers. Web site visitors were asked to review the videos and then vote for the school they consider most deserving. Voting ended Nov. 7.
At 179 pupils, Harlem Middle boasts the largest school chorus in Columbia County and one of the larger middle school choruses in the state, said school Chorus Director Gene Greer.
Greer said last month that all of Harlem Middle’s music gear is secondhand and in poor condition. He also would like to purchase computers with arts and music software for his pupils.
“We have big plans for the money, in terms of equipment, and risers that won’t be falling apart, and the rest of that story,” Shelton said. “The old hot glue only goes so far.”